2020 Domaine Ott Rose Cotes de Provence BY.OTT

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Plenty of sliced strawberries and peaches with citrus and perfume. Medium-bodied, showing lovely fruit and balance. Creamy finish. Drink and enjoy.

James Suckling | 91 JS
Light orange-pink. Ripe pit fruits and red berries on the nose, along with a hint of smokiness. Juicy and open-knit, offering strawberry and nectarine flavors that show very good clarity and back-end cut. Finishes smooth and long, leaving a suggestion of pit fruits behind.

Vinous Media | 90 VM

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Producer Domaine Ott: The winegrowing region of Provence sits along the Mediterranean coast of France, bordered by the Rhone River to the west and the Cote d’Azur on the east. Amongst this mountainous, colorful and fascinating landscape resides Domaines Ott; three estates, two appellations, one passion. It is, without a doubt, one of the most recognized names, not just in the region but in the entire world of rose wine. The history of Domaines Ott is one of passion and determination to create great Provencal wines from noble grape varieties.

In 1896, a young and ambitious Marcel Ott, a graduate in agricultural engineering from Alsace, toured France’s vineyards in search of the perfect estate. At the time, phylloxera had destroyed much of the region’s vineyards and nearly crippled the wine industry. Land was inexpensive, but many of the vineyards would need replanted. Ott was undeterred and in 1912 found a site that truly inspired him: Chateau de Selle. After acquiring the estate and completely renovating it, he reconstructed and replanted the vineyards. His passion and sheer determination led to the acquisition of two more estates and the beginning of the Domaines Ott legacy.

Today, the three estates (Chateau de Selle, Clos Mireille and Chateau Romassan) are run by fourth generation, Jean-Francois Ott, who has dedicated his life to his ancestor’s love of wine and family vineyards. Each property has its own individual charm and personality. Each can be proud of their extremely elegant rose, red and white wines. Chateau de Selle and Clos Mireille reside in the region’s largest and most famous AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlee) Cotes de Provence, while Chateau Romassan hails from the highly esteemed appellation of Bandol, AOC.

Though many changes have occurred at Domaines Ott, the vision of creating only the highest quality wines has not. Improvements in both the vineyards and cellars have proven instrumental. Modern techniques have been implemented, including canopy management for vines destined for rose at all three domains. A bigger canopy is maintained to slow down maturity and to encourage larger berries with thinner skins for more juice and less color. Jean-Francois has also introduced taller stake training for Mourvedre in Bandol. Pruning is done by Marco Simonit’s (the wine world’s celebrity pruner) company who have made radical progress in pruning techniques to improve vine health and ward off vineyard diseases. Additionally the local Rose Research Centre has been invaluable, helping to raise the general level of quality.

Chateau de Selle is the heart and soul of Domaines Ott, producing highly distinguished and elegant wines that have long been an emblem of greatness. Residing in Taradeau, it sits perched atop high limestone inland slopes where it is sheltered from winter frosts, allowing the estate to enjoy a microclimate of mild winters, early springs and warm and dry summers, with always a great deal of sunshine. The terroir is composed of gypsum, red clay, dolomite and sandstone mixed with gravel and stone soils. The wines draw their flavors from the arid climate and minerals in the soil, demonstrating exceptional character. Vines grow on terraced vineyards where constant production and respect for the environment are well balanced. The vineyards are perfectly planted to accommodate the production of its prized rose, which is an accomplished blend of several grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon lends complexity, elegance and magnificent strength. Grenache provides a full-bodied texture, Cinsault adds a delicate and rounded touch, while Syrah gives its rich color.

Clos Mireille is a very old property on the coast of the Mediterranean, overlooking the sea at La Londe Les Maures. Due to its proximity to this large body of water, the vineyards are cooled by the sea’s spray and warmed by the dry hillside air on land reclaimed from mulberry, olive and umbrella pines. The vines are planted on the foothills on the shores of the Mediterranean, the vineyard considered... unusual. The land, however, produces exceptional grapes bursting with flavor and nourished by both sea and sun. The character of the wines is made even more exceptional in the clay soil on this ancient rocky outcrop, which contains no limestone. Its broad-facing orientation gives Mireille wines their inimitable character. The unique microclimate and sea spray create perfect conditions for producing subtle and distinctive wines with just a hint of salinity.

Chateau Romassan, located in the Bandol appellation of Provence is planted with noble grape varieties in small plots. They are organized and levelled to create terraced vineyards. Styles are typical of the celebrated Bandol winemaking region. Mourvedre is the estate’s primary grape variety, indigenous to the area and is particularly suited to the arid climate and austere soil. Its calm temperament is revealed in the strength of its harmonies, its robust structure and its staying power, both on the palate and in the cellar. Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah are also grown in smaller quantities.

Since its inception, Domaines Ott has remained true to its vision, with its focus on creating the highest level of quality wine, rather than creating a vast empire, which is evident in the low production. The three estates combined produce a miniscule 800,000 bottles each year. The genius of marketing is displayed in Domaines’ providing their wine with the sanctum of an exclusive, unique and instantly recognizable bottle. Today it is the signature of Domaines Ott and it evokes the memory of an elegant amphora that kept the wine cool many centuries ago.
Region Provence: There are few countries that could be decent rivals to France when it comes to wines. It seems that French winemakers simply can't go wrong when magically turning grapes into a spellbinding drink that makes all of us sigh in a state of total bliss. Provence is located in southeastern France and represents a meeting point for many cultures and people that each introduced at least one grape variety to the region. This is why today Provence is home to a large number of varieties and, therefore, a spectacular palette of most delicious wines, among which the most popular is probably rose.

Every subregion and appellation have their own hallmark that makes them unique and recognized, although Mourvedre is the most commonly cultivated across the whole Provence. Many of them also plant Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah varieties, often used in blends with other, lesser-known grapes, such as Braquet. These varieties are usually cultivated by more traditional winemakers who want to keep the typical French notes instead of following the trends. As for the lovely, full-bodied white wines typical for Provence, they're mostly made of Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc and others. Wines like Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose and d'Esclans Cotes de Provence Whispering Angel Rose are perfect souvenirs to take home after a trip to this French wine region.
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Type of Wine Rose: Rose wine is a versatile drink that involves letting the grape juice soak with the skins for several days, before being allowed to ferment properly. The resulting liquid achieves a beautiful color, ranging from a sweet honey orange to a playful purple hue, adding some color variety to your collection.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: Proprietary Blend is a general term used to indicate that a wine is comprised of multiple grape varietals which are either “proprietary” to the winery or is blended and does not meet the required maximum or minimum percentage of a particular varietal. This also is the case for the grape’s place of origin, especially for region, appellation or vineyard designated wines. There are endless examples of blended wines which are labeled as “Proprietary Blend” and in conjunction with each region’s stipulated wine laws and regulations makes for a vast blanket for wines to fall into. Perhaps the simplest example is California; if a wine is to be labeled as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is required to have at least 75% of the varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon) and 85% of the fruit must be cultivated from the Napa Valley wine district. If the wine does not meet the requirements, it is then labeled as Proprietary Blend.

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